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How underride guards on semi trucks can prevent deaths

Vehicles come in all shapes and sizes these days, and they also come with a wide variety of safety features. Semi trucks have a lot of those same safety features and a few that are specifically for the protection of people in smaller vehicles.

One of these that safety experts have recently deemed necessary is underride guards.

Nursing homes, falls and facial trauma: Is your loved one safe?

Nursing homes in Chattanooga and across the country must comply with federal and local laws and care standards. When they do not, not only do they compromise the safety of their residents, they also risk sanctions and being shut down. One type of deficiency that endangers the nursing home residents is falls. Falls can lead to life-threatening injuries, such as a broken nose, fractured eye socket, dislocated hip, traumatic brain injury or something more serious. 

Nursing home accidents and neglect concerns might not have crossed your mind when you were looking for the right place for your ailing parent. But falls constitute a significant danger to seniors, no matter what environment seniors are in. Here is some information about nursing home falls and facial trauma

Different types of elder abuse

Some elderly family members may require special assistance, and those who cannot provide it themselves sometimes trust care facilities to aid in this area. Unfortunately, some care facilities and staff do not provide proper care and may sometimes neglect their residents.

In such cases, it may be possible to file a claim against the facility or caretaker. To build a successful claim, claimants should fully understand the different types of elder abuse.

4 common motorcycle crashes that can cause serious injury

Perhaps the best thing about being an experienced motorcycle rider is that you truly understand how vulnerable you are. If you have ever been involved in an accident, you are doubly aware of the potentially catastrophic results.

There are many dicey situations you want to avoid any time you are out on your bike, but here are four of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.

How to handle the aftermath of a car accident

As inconvenient as it is to be involved in a car accident in the Chattanooga area, imagine the impact on your overall health and lifestyle if you do not handle the aftermath properly. Car accidents do not just damage vehicles, they can have a serious and long-lasting effect on your physical and mental health and lifestyle. They can mean the difference between being able to continue to support yourself and family and struggling to pay huge medical bills as well as living expenses.

You may want to minimize the event so you can move on with your life by rushing through things. Even if you know the right protocol to use, you may feel like cutting corners. However, the more effort you put into dealing with the aftermath, the more you can minimize its impact.

Antipsychotics are often overprescribed in nursing homes

In March 2014, the inspector general of Health and Human Services raised a red flag by declaring that many nursing home patients were receiving antipsychotic drugs unnecessarily, a violation of federal regulations.

If you have a loved one who is a nursing home resident, has a health care provider asked you to provide “informed consent” to administer a drug of this type?

Common signs your loved one may be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect can come in many different forms. Family members place their loved ones in the care of an assisted living or nursing home facility with the expectation that their loved one's physical, mental and emotional needs are met. When caring for your loved one becomes too much on your own, you trust that the professionals at the institution take over in ways you would approve of, but this is not always the case.

Thanksgiving Safe Driving Tips

This Thursday, families across the United States and throughout Tennessee will gather together to break bread and give thanks. This year, roughly 44 million Americans are expected to travel 50 or more miles by car to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. If you're one of them, it's important to be prepared and to follow traffic laws and drive safely.

Before You Go

Before setting out on your Thanksgiving road trip, it's important to ensure that both you and your vehicle are primed and prepared.

Dos and Don'ts After A Traffic Accident

According to statistics from Tennessee's Department of Homeland Security, during 2015 alone, police officers throughout the state responded to more than 197,000 traffic accidents. In total, these accidents resulted in the fatalities of 916 and serious injury of more than 48,000 individuals.

As these numbers prove, unfortunately, traffic accidents are quite common in Tennessee. For individuals who suffer injury and loss due to a traffic accident, compensation and damages may be recovered.

Is your elderly relative's depression a sign of nursing home abuse?

Moving into assisted living or nursing home facility can be a difficult experience. Losing the independence, mobility and liberty can cause significant depression in an elderly resident.

However, what if the sadness and withdrawal you are seeing in your elderly relative is more than just depression? What if it is a sign of something much more alarming: nursing home neglect or abuse?

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